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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
I wasn't going to write about Larry Hagman, who died Friday in Texas at age 81 from complications of cancer. Even though I had reported on him and reviewed much of his work over the years, as well as doing an interview with him during a party at his Malibu home one raucous night, I thought I'd leave it to others to do the appreciations. But all I am seeing is "I Dream of Jeannie" and J.R. Ewing, and while that's obvious and fine, I thought there should be at least one voice mentioning the Hagman I remember.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
I wasn't going to write about Larry Hagman, who died Friday in Texas at age 81 from complications of cancer. Even though I had reported on him and reviewed much of his work over the years, as well as doing an interview with him during a party at his Malibu home one raucous night, I thought I'd leave it to others to do the appreciations. But all I am seeing is "I Dream of Jeannie" and J.R. Ewing, and while that's obvious and fine, I thought there should be at least one voice mentioning the Hagman I remember.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 8, 1997
PASADENA, Calif. -- The last time I saw Larry Hagman was at his Malibu beach house, and he was just about to pass out drunk.He was at the height of his fame as J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," and he was sitting there with a big white Stetson on his head and a drink in his hand, staring out at the Pacific Ocean as a band played Bob Wills' "Faded Love.""Another ------ day in ------ paradise," Hagman said to me.When I turned to answer, he was out cold. A woman wearing a flag-of-Texas bikini bottom assured me that Hagman was OK and asked me to help her make him comfortable by putting some pillows under him on the couch.
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October 13, 2008
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June 29, 1995
Dear Mr. Baseball:What does a player get if he hits the "Hit it Here" sign at the ballpark?Eric Skolnick, M.D.BaltimoreDear Eric Skolnick, M.D.:As Mr. Baseball recalls, Todd Frohwirth received a nice premium, lunch and a movie with consumer watchdog Odonna Mathews when he pointed repeatedly to Giant supermarket's bullpen sign in 1992. But until your question, no one ever had sought the story behind "Hit it Here."After some checking -- consisting, in part, of looking at the sign on the outfield wall -- Mr. Baseball determined that the billboard touts the Maryland State Lottery.
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October 13, 2008
Sen. Joe Biden to appear on 'The Tonight Show' Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden is set to join Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, Obama-Biden spokesman David Wade tells CNN. This will be Biden's first late-night talk show appearance since being named to the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket. His son Beau was on the show Sept. 16. Sen. Biden, who was recently parodied on Saturday Night Live after his debate against Gov. Sarah Palin, will appear on the talk show Oct. 16. Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to twins Lisa Marie Presley is a mom again.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | November 26, 1993
This was supposed to be premiere night for NBC's "This Is Your Life" with intended honoree Angie Dickinson, until she delayed the process by screaming "Not on your life!" -- or less polite words to that effect. With a replacement victim the show goes on -- but the TV shouldn't. However, there is one blast from the past who's returning on schedule: Larry Hagman is back on Friday nights, but in a show and role that's a far cry from J. R. Ewing and "Dallas."* "18th Annual Circus of the Stars" (8-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Ed Bark and Ed Bark,Knight Ridder / Tribune | November 18, 2001
DALLAS -- Legal liquor nearly killed him but illegal LSD "took the fear of death from me." Pot and peyote buttons were therapeutic high points, too. Now he's surviving on a mandatory daily diet of 29 prescription pills. Meet Larry Hagman -- all over again. The man who made J.R. Ewing the world's Big Tex has a revelatory new autobiography out titled Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life. It duly talks about Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie. Those are the easy parts.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 6, 1995
Trivia test: What actress routinely wore a supposed harem outfit in an old sitcom, yet was forced by network censors never to show her navel? Check out Barbara Eden in the " 'I Dream of Jeannie' Marathon" tonight and you will see -- er, -- won't see.* "Gettin' Over" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Back-to-back episodes of an occasional reality series visit innovative youth programs in Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. Actor Tony Danza is the host.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | April 30, 1991
Are you experiencing separation anxiety about Sam Malone and the "Cheers" gang saying goodbye for the summer or about J. R. Ewing and the "Dallas" folks saying goodbye forever?Well, some folks are. And, by week's end, it could turn into a genuine sense of loss, experts say.Tonight starts the week of the big goodbye, with many of the tube's most popular series airing their last new episode of the year or signing off for good."These television characters become part of our lives," says Jim Dasinger, a Baltimore psychologist.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 6, 2004
This is a big week on television for the return of former Texas oilmen who walk with a swagger and wear what some call a sneer. First, President Bush held a rare news conference Thursday after his re-election, and now comes J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) tomorrow night on CBS in Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork. Actually, it's not a reunion show. To qualify as one of those, a majority of cast members have to appear in character in a new story line, according to The Complete Directory of Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows.
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By Ed Bark and Ed Bark,Knight Ridder / Tribune | November 18, 2001
DALLAS -- Legal liquor nearly killed him but illegal LSD "took the fear of death from me." Pot and peyote buttons were therapeutic high points, too. Now he's surviving on a mandatory daily diet of 29 prescription pills. Meet Larry Hagman -- all over again. The man who made J.R. Ewing the world's Big Tex has a revelatory new autobiography out titled Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life. It duly talks about Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie. Those are the easy parts.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 8, 1997
PASADENA, Calif. -- The last time I saw Larry Hagman was at his Malibu beach house, and he was just about to pass out drunk.He was at the height of his fame as J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," and he was sitting there with a big white Stetson on his head and a drink in his hand, staring out at the Pacific Ocean as a band played Bob Wills' "Faded Love.""Another ------ day in ------ paradise," Hagman said to me.When I turned to answer, he was out cold. A woman wearing a flag-of-Texas bikini bottom assured me that Hagman was OK and asked me to help her make him comfortable by putting some pillows under him on the couch.
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By Paul D. Colford and Paul D. Colford,NEWSDAY | April 2, 1996
NEW YORK -- The media and those who rule the media seem to generate increasing amounts of news ink and air time, especially in the broadcasting and publishing capital of New York. But in the nationwide beauty pageant of newsstand sales, media titans were not even among the finalists last year.Time Warner Chairman Gerald Levin, whose every public utterance is covered by news organizations, was on the cover of Business Week's and Forbes' worst-selling issues in 1995.Michael Ovitz, then the omnipotent head of the Creative Artists Agency and now president of Walt Disney Co., graced the cover of Newsweek's second-worst-selling issue last year.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 6, 1995
Trivia test: What actress routinely wore a supposed harem outfit in an old sitcom, yet was forced by network censors never to show her navel? Check out Barbara Eden in the " 'I Dream of Jeannie' Marathon" tonight and you will see -- er, -- won't see.* "Gettin' Over" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Back-to-back episodes of an occasional reality series visit innovative youth programs in Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. Actor Tony Danza is the host.
SPORTS
June 29, 1995
Dear Mr. Baseball:What does a player get if he hits the "Hit it Here" sign at the ballpark?Eric Skolnick, M.D.BaltimoreDear Eric Skolnick, M.D.:As Mr. Baseball recalls, Todd Frohwirth received a nice premium, lunch and a movie with consumer watchdog Odonna Mathews when he pointed repeatedly to Giant supermarket's bullpen sign in 1992. But until your question, no one ever had sought the story behind "Hit it Here."After some checking -- consisting, in part, of looking at the sign on the outfield wall -- Mr. Baseball determined that the billboard touts the Maryland State Lottery.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 6, 2004
This is a big week on television for the return of former Texas oilmen who walk with a swagger and wear what some call a sneer. First, President Bush held a rare news conference Thursday after his re-election, and now comes J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) tomorrow night on CBS in Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork. Actually, it's not a reunion show. To qualify as one of those, a majority of cast members have to appear in character in a new story line, according to The Complete Directory of Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows.
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By Andy Meisler and Andy Meisler,New York Times News Service | May 8, 1995
It had been a typical day for J.R. Ewing. Only six death threats. That night, as he worked late in his office, two gunshots were fired. J.R. (played by Larry Hagman) fell to the floor. A cleaning woman soon discovered him, and the second full season of CBS' nighttime soap "Dallas" came to a close."Who shot J.R.?" asked magazine covers, comedy sketch writers and titillated viewers. The world had to wait months -- until the fall season premiere on Nov. 21, 1980 -- to learn the answer: Kristin, J.R.'s trampy sister-in-law, played by Mary Crosby.
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By Andy Meisler and Andy Meisler,New York Times News Service | May 8, 1995
It had been a typical day for J.R. Ewing. Only six death threats. That night, as he worked late in his office, two gunshots were fired. J.R. (played by Larry Hagman) fell to the floor. A cleaning woman soon discovered him, and the second full season of CBS' nighttime soap "Dallas" came to a close."Who shot J.R.?" asked magazine covers, comedy sketch writers and titillated viewers. The world had to wait months -- until the fall season premiere on Nov. 21, 1980 -- to learn the answer: Kristin, J.R.'s trampy sister-in-law, played by Mary Crosby.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | November 26, 1993
This was supposed to be premiere night for NBC's "This Is Your Life" with intended honoree Angie Dickinson, until she delayed the process by screaming "Not on your life!" -- or less polite words to that effect. With a replacement victim the show goes on -- but the TV shouldn't. However, there is one blast from the past who's returning on schedule: Larry Hagman is back on Friday nights, but in a show and role that's a far cry from J. R. Ewing and "Dallas."* "18th Annual Circus of the Stars" (8-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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